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Maximian, 286 - 305, 306 - 308, and 310 A.D.
In Roman religion, every man has a genius, a presiding spirit. In De Die Natali, Censorinus says, from the moment we are born, we live under the guard and tutelage of Genius. Cities, organizations, and peoples also had a genius. On coins, we find inscriptions to the Genius of the Army, of the Senate, of the Emperor, etc. The legend GENIO POPVLI ROMANI dedicates this coin to the Genius of the Roman People. Genius' image is of a man with a cloak half covering the shoulders leaving the rest of his body naked, holding a cornucopia in one hand, and a simpulum or a patera in the other.
RB22199. Billon follis, RIC VI Ticinum 31b, Choice VF, Ticinum (Pavia, Italy) mint, weight 9.640g, maximum diameter 28.5mm, die axis 0o
, 296 - 297 A.D.; obverse IMP C MAXIMIANVS P F AVG, laureate head right; reverse GENIO POPVLI ROMANI (to the guardian spirit of the Roman People), Genius standing half left, naked but for chlamys over shoulder, modius on head, pouring libations from patera in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, * left, PT in exergue; full circle centering on both obverse and reverse, green patina
Catalog current as of Saturday, August 24, 2019.
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